The Queens College Office of Global Education Initiatives (OGEI) supports the college’s commitment to global education. As part of a network of international educators, OGEI focuses on outreach and research that promote our overarching goal: producing a globally competent community here at QC.
OGEI works to expand existing Education Abroad programs such as freshman seminars, QC faculty-led study abroad courses, and semester- and year-long study abroad courses with university partners. Student and faculty recruitment for study abroad programs is a priority of the OGEI at high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Departmental outreach is facilitated through deputized student ambassadors and students who have won STOCS Grants and QC scholarships from the QC Foundation, Freshman Year Initiative, and other sources. OGEI also works with the steering committees for Queens College “Year of” programs to address international programming needs. We coordinate preliminary staff and faculty visits to the “Year of” countries, conduct outreach to departments to recruit faculty interested in teaching, and coordinate with faculty on campus regarding curriculum design to focus on global issues. OGEI fosters teaching, learning, and research, away and at home, by providing housing and visa support, student orientation and registration, and coordination between Queens College academic departments and international faculty.